Riyarchy: Visual Debate Trees

Riyarchy starts with a compelling pitch:

Riyarchy organizes the arguments of significant debates into argument trees, finds out which arguments have been defeated, and shows the logical conclusions entailed.

I love the flat black-and-white UI and visual argument tree. It even has useful flags like"Citation Needed," and can highlight which branches of a debate are currently undefeated by refutation:

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Unfortunately, the creators go a little off the rails with vision:

Join us, as we construct the argument trees that will end global debates, and ultimately progress humanity.

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Applying this system to issues that have been debated in the public sphere for decades will bring light to the so-called controversies, and allow us all to bring an end to them.

I would love to use a private distribution of this in the classroom– a forensics society would get fantastic use out of it. It would also be great for product roadmapping, as a way to identify the most strategic paths for a company to build into, or even (with some heavy modification) to support a management-consulting profit hunt-style case study.

As a public tool, it's attacking an interesting market in between existing knowledge solutions: more structured than Wikipedia, which flattens out its knowledge, or Quora, where you get a grab bag of answers without any real standards attached. It also handles fuzzier and more complicated questions than Stack Exchange, which frowns on any sort of threaded back-and-forth. 

The content up now is actually pretty decent, but the pessimist I am, I fear that Riyarchy will become either a spam-ridden bucket of bad writing and trolls, or an abandoned wasteland. Here's hoping I'm wrong, because it's very cool project. Start contributing here.